Citizenship & Naturalization
Achieving citizenship provides immigrants with the opportunity to fully participate in our nation’s civic life. It provides the ability to vote, travel freely, and access to the full array of government supports and resources. Citizenship is also correlated with higher wages and better employment opportunities.
The National Partnership for New Americans estimates that there are approximately 50,000 immigrants in Philadelphia who are eligible to naturalize but have not yet done so, primarily because they lack information about the process; access to high quality legal services that are affordable; and cannot afford the fees and expenses of the naturalization process.
The Philadelphia New Americans Initiative will convene elected officials, community leaders, city agencies, faith-based groups, immigrant rights groups, etc, to set a roadmap for a comprehensive citizenship campaign that will include goals, strategies, and specific roles. In addition, this convening will help to organize an awareness and education campaign to avoid immigration-related fraud.